Just venting, and thinking
This weekend my fiancee and I went out for dinner to a restaurant that has a long walkway (windows on one side, 5 foot wall on other. Bear with me, this becomes relevant later on).
You cannot walk down this walkway two abreast because it goes in both directions and can only accommodate one person. Soooo.... my pet peeve is when people are inconsiderate poopy-heads. We are walking down this long walkway, my fiancee in front and me behind her when this older woman and her son, who is probably in High School or College, come walking down the walkway abreast heading towards us. Of course, there is no space and Mr College kid pretty much pushes my fiancee against the wall, he doesn't even budge a bit, no apology, nothing and keeps going! I suppress my rage and when he gets to me plant a well aimed shoulder in is ribs (I didn't have to do much, just not flatten myself against the wall). Of course, he stops like he wants to have words with me and then continues on (though, given that he had almost a foot over me, I would have been toast). And his mom gives us a rude look. But here is what bugs me,
Here is this kid with his mum who obviously doesn't see anything wrong with his rude behavior. My pet peeve around here is that people do this all the time, you get four people walking down the sidewalk abreast and they are rudely surpised when I don't either step into the road or flatten myself against a wall to let people by. My fiancee and I joke about it and say that 'I'm on bumping duty' . But come on, if I was that age and I was with my mom and I was so bloody inconsiderate I would definitely hear about it.
Today morning, riding on Mass ave, little traffic, I am in the right lane, about 3 feet from parked cars, when some bozo in an SUV pulls up behind me and leans on his horn for two blocks!. The left lane was open and all he had to do was pull into it and keep going (and I wasn't about to hug the parked cars because a couple of blocks back I had inadvertently done that and have some genius driver fly by me about 2 inches away). After two blocks of this I get pissed and stop in the middle of the lane, turn back and the guy begins launching into a 'get off the road' tirade laced with colorful metaphors for copulation. I look directly at him and the stupid side of me takes over, I tell him to 'Go *** himself". He gets this shocked look like he is actually suprised that someone had the temerity to shout at him, pulls left and passes me.
Now, in both situations I am not really proud of my behavior, but what is wrong with people that they think that they and they alone are entitled to space (walking space, the road etc)? And I swear, this is predominantly a NorthEast (Boston etc) thing, especially the sidwalk hogging)
Normally I am a calm and collected person, as quiet as a church mouse and as slow to anger as..... a rock, but c'mon.